While helping to carry a heavy pipe, Royce Long dropped his end, which allegedly injured the man who delivered the pipe, John Stelly.

Claiming he hurt his back because of Long's carelessness, Stelly filed suit against Long and his business, Long's Trailer Repair, on Feb. 11 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Aug. 3, 2009, Stelly, while in the employment of Superior Supply & Steel, was delivering pipe to Long.

The two were carrying the pipe when Long "suddenly and without warning dropped his end of the pipe," allegedly injuring Stelly's back, the suit states.

In his suit, Stelly says Long owed him a duty to unload and carry the pipe in a safe manner.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E189-351

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